Understanding Today's Financial Environment
We specialize in helping retirees and those transitioning into retirement understand Social Security strategies, reduce tax burdens and strategies to potentially increase income in retirement. It’s our mission to make sure you enjoy your hard-earned retirement using strategies that fit your specific needs. Any successful plan for retirement needs a strong foundation. That foundation starts with coordinating your retirement benefits; Social Security, 401k, IRA, brokerage, Medicare, Health Insurance, Life Insurance and Long-Term-Care. Let's work together to give you the peace of mind you deserve in retirement!Services We Offer Meet the Team Contact Us
Meet Gene B. Russell, Advisor
Gene has twelve years of experience in the financial planning industry and recently joined Next Phase Financial. For two years, he was a national top producer for a major mutual fund company. As an advisor for NextPhase Financial, Gene continues to “invest in conversations” to fully understand his client’s goals. He holds the designation of National Social Security Advisor – NSSA.
Gene has been active with the Susan Komen Race Committee, the Heroes of the Heartland Committee, Habitat for Humanity, traveled twice to South Africa on mission trips and he received the Governor’s Certificate of Lifesaving for performing CPR that saved the life of an employee at a local hardware store.
Gene and his wife, Sharmie Ann, reside in Ankeny.
How to Make the Tax Code Work for You
When you take the time to learn more about how it works, you may be able to put the tax code to work for you.
Strategies For Managing Student Loan Debt
Five strategies for managing your student debt.
Put It in a Letter
A letter of instruction provides additional and more personal information regarding your estate.
Here's a look at several birthdays and “half-birthdays” that have implications regarding your retirement income.
By understanding a few key concepts during a divorce, you may be able to avoid common pitfalls.
Here are six flags that may make your tax return prime for an IRS audit.
The care of special-needs children continues into their adult years, and may survive the passing of their parents.
To choose a plan, it’s important to ask yourself four key questions.
Drinking may be a “rite of passage” for teens, but when it occurs in your home you may be held responsible for their actions.
Use this calculator to assess the potential benefits of a home mortgage deduction.
This calculator compares a hypothetical fixed annuity with an account where the interest is taxed each year.
This calculator helps estimate your federal estate tax liability.
This calculator can help determine whether it makes sense to refinance your mortgage.
Use this calculator to compare the future value of investments with different tax consequences.
Use this calculator to estimate your income tax liability along with average and marginal tax rates.
The importance of life insurance, how it works, and how much coverage you need.
Principles that can help create a portfolio designed to pursue investment goals.
Investment tools and strategies that can enable you to pursue your retirement goals.
There are a number of ways to withdraw money from a qualified retirement plan.
There are some key concepts to understand when investing for retirement
A presentation about managing money: using it, saving it, and even getting credit.
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Though we don’t like to think about it, all of us will make an exit sometime. Are you prepared?
Here is a quick history of the Federal Reserve and an overview of what it does.
Pundits say a lot of things about the markets. Let's see if you can keep up.
Are you ready for retirement? Here are five words you should consider.
The decision whether to buy or rent a home may have long-term implications.